Children’s summer camps and wilderness programs for boys and girls in the United…

Posts By Hank Birdsong

May 21, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (3) – Consider the Camp Program

This is the third article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing, Consider the Camp’s Program What sort of experience are you looking for? There are high adventure camps, traditional ones with a wide range of activities, dance camps, skateboarding, football, computer, and the list goes on. The length of the... Read More

May 17, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (2) – Consider the Camp Philosophy

This is the second article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Philosophy. Every summer camp has a philosophy, and each is different from other camps. Some summer camps are strictly for fun and entertainment and others have a definite educational goal. Some camps use... Read More

March 10, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (1) – Choosing the right summer camp is a family decision

I was listening to a syndicated radio show as the host said how awful it is to send your kids away to summer camp. I agree. “Sending kids to camp” against their wishes is not the right way to begin a positive and enriching camp experience. When you choose a summer camp, include your child in the decision. Picking... Read More

November 27, 2015

The Advantages of Overnight Camp

Day camps can be fabulous, but there is something to be said for the childhood bond formed as two kids giggle into the wee hours from neighboring bunk beds, or work together to remove a troll-sized spider from the bathroom stall. A unique connection grows among overnight campers as the cicadas start to sing and the day campers head... Read More

November 11, 2015

How Adventure Camps Open the Doors of Personal Development for Your Child

Adventure camps offer activities that combine education with fun. Structured activities in a safe and supportive environment create a well-balanced and entertaining program. Outdoor Adventure Camps Are Available for Boys and Girls Long ago, they were often boys-only territory. That was then. Nowadays, many girls attend these kinds of camps too. Girls have the opportunity to be more active... Read More

November 6, 2015

Why Day Camps are a Great Choice for Kids this Summer

For children who may not be ready to spend a lengthy period of time at a traditional summer camp, day camps introduce time away and ease children into an important challenge. 95 percent of kids experience homesickness at some point during their summertime away, so it’s wise to take baby steps. Learning to spend time away from the family... Read More

October 7, 2015

Starting Your Search for a Music, Arts, or Sports Camp

What do a finger painting, a pipe cleaner sculpture, a silent documentary about the plight of a cricket trapped in the bathroom, a marching band cadence, a professional production of the Nutcracker, and a spoken word poem about racism in elementary schools all have in common? They are all forms of artistic expression – the powerful and moving manifestation... Read More

September 13, 2015

3 Ways Summer Camps Need to Evaluate their Programs at the End of the Season

Summer camps are constantly looking at both qualitative and quantitative data to assess how well their programs did for the season. A good program gathers evaluations from all participants in their chain – campers, staff and parents. Each of these three groups offers insider information about how effective and successful the camp is, and where the gaps may be.... Read More

September 6, 2015

Why Camp Counselors Love Their Job

It seems crazy that a person would want to dedicate their summers to working extraordinary hours, caring for other people’s kids and exhausting themselves with daily activities and duties. Being a camp counselor is not an easy job. Often, camp counselors have responsibilities around the clock with minimal time off for themselves. They face issues that are normally left... Read More

August 29, 2015

3 Ways to Adjust when Your Summer Camp Job is Over for the Season

You’ve spent the summer wrangling children, cleaning up after them, tending to the homesick and pulling wayward arrows and pool noodles from places you never imagined they’d get stuck. And let’s be real – you’ve loved every second of your summer camp job. But as the leaves turn golden and all of your campers trudge from their cabins to... Read More